In this study, Richard Wolf, M.D. followed 500 individuals sent for chiropractic treatments and 500 individuals sent to medical doctors for treatment. Those who received chiropractic treatments returned to work in an average of 15.6 days vs. 32 days in those who received treatments from medical doctors.
- Industrial Back Injury. Wolf CR. International Review of Chiropractic - 1974;26:6-7.
This Oregon study found that individuals with workers' compensation claims returned to work significantly faster under chiropractic care compared with medical care. In fact, under chiropractic care, 82% were able to return to work after one week compared with only 41% in those who received medical care.
- A Study of Time Loss Back Claims. Portland, OR. Workers' Compensation Board, State of Oregon, March 19
In this Australian study, 1,996 workers' compensation cases were evaluated in patients who experienced work-related mechanical low back pain. It was found that those individuals who received chiropractic care for their back pain returned to work 4 times faster (6.26 days vs. 25.56 days) and had a treatment that cost 4 times less ($392 vs. $1,569) than those who received treatments from medical doctors. Also, in those patients who received chiropractic care, there was a significantly lower incidence of progression to a chronic low back pain status.
- Mechanical Low-Back Pain: A Comparison of Medical and Chiropractic Management Within the Victorian Work Care Scheme. Ebrall, PS. Chiropractic Journal of Australia - 1992;22:47-53.
According to this Canadian government commissioned a study,
"...injured workers ... diagnosed with low-back pain returned to work much sooner when treated by chiropractors than by physicians."
- The Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Chiropractic Management of Low-Back Pain (The Manga Report). Pran Manga and Associates (1993) - University of Ottawa, Canada.